I had the pleasure of doing my first family shoot last night. I have photographed my family (which I will share some lessons learned from that later…I know you can’t wait!! :O) and my sister’s family but it is a whole other thing when you photograph someone else’s family. One of my dear friend’s had her in-laws in town for a visit, so I convinced her to let me take some family pictures. I’m SO glad I did!! Here are a few lessons I learned!
1. I DO like to photograph other families! This was a surprise to me. I LOVE photography but I thought I only enjoyed shooting my own family. I always got stressed when a friend would ask me to take pictures of their kids or something. I had such a great time! The hour went by so fast and I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I thought I would be.
2. Having a “secret” is a great way to get kids to get excited about the photos. At the end of the shoot, I called the kids over to get the last few photos. I told the kids to run over and tickle their parents, but it was a “big secret.” They got such a kick out of it and wanted to keep taking pictures. I had them sneak up and give kisses. You could come up with as many “secrets” as the kids are willing to do.
4. I LOVE Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3!
Seriously, if you don’t have Lightroom, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? They also have an educator/student discounted version. It is the exact same one just WAY cheaper!! I love the things I can do to photos. Check out this before and after!!
Thanks to my friend and her awesome family for letting me go picture crazy on them (took 800 photos)!!! I had such a great time!